From the Chairman

Thanks for your interest in the Greater Montana Foundation.

I hope you’ll explore our website, and learn about the exciting projects that we support – from nationally-aired documentaries to after-school media programs for kids, to political candidate debates and in-depth studies of public attitudes among Montanans, to university-level courses for journalists and journalism students, and much, much, more.

Founded in 1958 by pioneer Montana broadcaster, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Ed Craney, we believe the GMF’s vision/mission statement reflects what Ed would want us to be about, even as communications technology continues to change dramatically, and the important interests and concerns of Montanans evolve. That statement is:

The Greater Montana Foundation benefits the people of Montana
by encouraging communication, with an emphasis on electronic media,
on issues, trends and values of importance
to present and future generations of Montanans.

As you’ll see on this website, to fulfill our vision and mission, the Foundation makes numerous program, scholarship, and other grants to a wide range of applicants, from commercial broadcasters that are our heritage and foundational interest, to public broadcasters, nonprofit groups, and institutions such as the Montana Historical Society. You or an organization like yours could be a future grant recipient.

If you would like to apply for a grant, please see our criteria and application processes that are explained on the website.

In addition, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about any of what you’ve seen here, we would appreciate hearing from you through email so that our Executive Director, Sidney Armstrong, can respond.


William F. Whitsitt, Ph.D.